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April 13, 2016, 7:05 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook unveils Surround 360, a 17-lens, 3D VR camera, will open-source hardware designs and specs this summer, materials to build will cost $30K  —  This is Facebook's gorgeous, open-source 360-degree video camera  —  Hoping to dramatically increase the amount of 360-degree video on its platform …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg talks about Facebook's future: Messenger bots, AI, live video, virtual reality, and open sourcing key technologies  —  How Will Zuckerberg Rule the World?  By Giving Facebook's Tech Away  —  When Mark Zuckerberg took his first steps, his parents marked the date in a good old fashioned baby book.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook makes its Live API publicly available, allows streaming directly to Facebook from non-mobile devices like drones, TV broadcast feeds  —  Facebook Opens Up Live Video to Developers to Allow Streaming from Any Device  —  Facebook just took video streaming on its Live platform beyond …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots  —  Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences through chatbots.  By providing utility through its huge developer and business ecosystem …
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sources: FBI did not use Cellebrite to crack San Bernardino iPhone, paid hackers for undisclosed software flaw that was used to create hardware to crack PIN  —  FBI paid professional hackers one-time fee to crack San Bernardino iPhone  —  The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist's phone …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Google Calendar's new Goals will help find you time for self-improvement  —  Google Calendar turns 10 this year, but the service isn't ready to rest until it has ordered your entire life into neat chunks.  Calendar's newest mobile feature, announced late last night, is Goals …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
USB-IF announces new USB Type-C authentication spec so devices can verify certification status of accessories to avoid damage from rogue cables  —  A software fix for dangerous USB-C cables is coming  —  Now that it's becoming clear to everybody that it's distressingly easy to accidentally buy …
Narottam Medhora / Reuters:
Uber releases its first transparency report, showing it gave US regulatory agencies data on over 12M users and received 415 data requests from law enforcement  —  Uber says gave U.S. agencies data on more than 12 million users  —  Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Tuesday released …
Heather Somerville / Reuters:
Affirm, Max Levchin's consumer lending startup, raises $100 million  —  Serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur Max Levchin has raised $100 million for his consumer lending startup Affirm, bucking the trend of falling valuations and slowing growth confronting other financial technology companies.
Ian Hardy / MobileSyrup.com:
Logitech acquires Jaybird for about $50M in cash and $45M in potential earn-outs to expand into wireless audio wearables market  —  Logitech acquires Jaybird for $50 million (USD) in cash  —  Earlier this year ZAGG agreed to purchase Mophie for over $100 million.
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